Sharpen Read­ing Skills

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Most lo­cal li­braries host one dur­ing the sum­mer. “It helps kids set short­and long-term goals, track their progress, and de­velop a read­ing habit that has a tan­gi­ble re­ward, like a prize at the end, all of which makes read­ing a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Matthew Boulay, founder of the Na­tional Sum­mer Learn­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. If your li­brary doesn’t have one, or­ga­nize your own with your friends and their kids, or cre­ate a sum­mer book list.

Let your child choose the books she’ll read— whether they’re about astro­nauts or dragons— to make it some­thing she looks for­ward to.

Lis­ten to Lit­er­a­ture

Au­dio­books can boost a child’s vo­cab­u­lary, says Carrie Shrier, ex­ten­sion ed­u­ca­tor in child and fam­ily de­vel­op­ment at Michi­gan State Univer­sity. For younger chil­dren, they can also be a good model for read­ing flu­ently with­out stop­ping or stum­bling over words. Be­fore a road trip—or your com­mute to day camp—browse Au­di­ble (au­di­ or Libby (lib­ with your child to pick out au­dio­books to­gether.

Set a Stel­lar Ex­am­ple

“When chil­dren see their par­ents read, it in­creases their own read­ing lev­els,” says Shrier. Make it sum­mery by plan­ning read­ing time to­gether on the back­yard ham­mock or at the park.

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